Before long, we’re going to be shutting down our heating systems completely. The heat of summer comes early around here—well before the official start of the season on the calendar. If you have any reservations about moving into the next cooling season with the air conditioner that you have, now is the right time to schedule your replacement. Of course, once things start warming up, it’s a great time to replace an old, ailing heater, as well.
The question that you may want to ask at this point is why not simply replace them both at the same time? More importantly, why not invest in a type of system that will help you to enjoy year round comfort, great heating efficiency, and the reliable performance that you deserve? We know that this may sound too good to be true, but it is precisely what a dual fuel system allows for.
How Does a Dual Fuel System Work?
In order to understand just how a dual fuel heating/cooling system operates, you must first understand the parts that make up the whole. The heart of the dual fuel heating/cooling system is the heat pump. Heat pumps are well-known for their incredible heating efficiency, as well as their ability to switch from heating to cooling modes.
During the summer time, your heat pump will operate just like a traditional central AC. It will evaporate refrigerant in the indoor evaporator coil, and that refrigerant absorbs heat in the process. That heat is then vented outdoors as the refrigerant is condensed in the condenser. The heat pump can reverse this operation by reversing the flow of the refrigerant and the function of the coils. In the winter, heat is absorbed by the evaporation of refrigerant outdoors, and that refrigerant is then compressed indoors and used to heat the house.
Since a heat pump works as both a heater and AC, you may be wondering why you’d want to pair it with the other part of the dual fuel system: the gas furnace. This is because, in certain situations, the heat pump is going to work less efficiently than a gas furnace when heating the house. It won’t get cold enough around here to render the heat pump useless. Temperatures can drop to a point that it is more efficient to use a natural gas furnace to heat the home, though. This system provides you with that option.
Benefits of the Dual Fuel System
If you are wondering how you can tell when to switch from the heat pump to the gas furnace and back again, don’t worry about it! The system does this automatically. Your dual fuel HVAC system will make the change when your heat pump starts using more electricity than is ideal to heat your home. Once it’s ready to take over again, the gas furnace will relinquish its turn and the heat pump will come back on.
Getting year round comfort with just one system should not come with the risk of reduced energy efficiency. A dual fuel system in Trion, GA is the elegant answer to this concern. Get the best of both worlds, comfort and efficiency, while retaining confidence in your HVAC system.
Contact Moody Heating and Air Conditioning to schedule your dual fuel system services.